BBC Radio 2 sitcom set in a sleepy English village where an alien invasion somehow becomes bogged down in local politics. Broadcast in 11 episodes from 2012 to 2014, starring Hattie Morahan, Hannah Murray, Jan Francis, Peter Davison, Charles Edwards & Julian Rhind-Tutt.
June 30, 2020 Subject:
Under the dome
A brilliant si-fi comedy with excellent timing. More series should have been made.
June 28, 2020 Subject:
Imitation of The Imitation
I suspect that after years of The Goonies, Beyond the Fringe, Monty Python, Black Adder, Fawlty Towers, The Young Ones and Rowan Atkinson spending a day at the beach, many Americans have come to regard any drama with actors sporting English accents, or indeed, even Scottish or Welsh accents, to be instantly hilarious without any cerebral activity occurring within the audience's brain pan's humour sector.
More over, I maintain that the American brain has an inbred inclination to find ANY British radio drama wildly humorous, simply because of the quaint accents and the characters pleading for a fresh cuppa' every 3 minutes.
"Cuppa', —meaning a cup of tea. Tea is made from the Camellia Sinensis plant. It must be noted that there is only ONE species and subspecies of the tea plant that is commonly drunk; —i.e., camellia sinensis. —No, there is no sub species called, "Earl Grey" (e.g. "Camellia Sinensis, sub genus Grey of The Lord Earl"). Whilst The Earl Grey was indeed a bonafide Peer of The Realm. he was also, Charles Grey, Prime Minister from November 1830 to July 1834. The tea that now bears his name was blended upon a simple verbal description by His Lordship to a master blender at Twining's Tea Shoppé (sic. forgive me) on The Strand. His Lordship was simply describing a tea that he enjoyed at some upper-class twit's home. This tea was simply Hunan black tea sprayed with the oil of french pears, bergamia or, more commonly, bergamot. Like ALL tea, Hunan black tea is made from the Camellia Sinensis plant (the common tea plant). There is NO special sub genus of the tea plant that makes green tea or Darjeeling. Green tea is dead easy to make as it is simply the tea leaves from the tea plant quickly dried and sold to dumb youngster who labour under the misconception that green tea has a better flavour. This misconception is helped with the addition of pounds of sugar and artificial flavorings that youthful people are known to enjoy. ALL other tea, know as BLACK TEA, is made from the Camellia Sinensis genus of the tea plant and is carefully FERMENTED under natural sunlight and dew moisture for a period of several weeks until the Tea Master deems this to be TEA.
There is NO such tea known as "English Breakfast Tea" sold or served in England. Different brands of teas taste different because of where they are grown, blended and how they are fermented. E.g., Darjeeling tastes the way it does because of the unique soil type and fermentation process that the 141 official Darjeeling plantations practise.
The people who have grown, fermented and blended tea longer than anyone else, are the Chinese. In addition to making wonderful tea, Donald Trump also believes that the Chinese people are expert at creating the finest influenza viruses known to mankind, —modern or ancient.
Alas, before any Americans begin to guffaw at this BBC radio play they should understand that TEA is NOT England's "first drink". Coffee, was England's first drink, until about 1800. The reason for this is because most tea tastes infinitely better than bitter coffee. Tea has about half the caffeine of coffee; however, tea also possesses many other chemicals known to boost human energy. Another important difference between the bean and the leaf is that, for TEA, one should bring the kettle to the pot and NOT the pot to the kettle. —I.e., coffee should NEVER be boiled, whereas tea MUST be doused with boiling water or it will NOT be tea.
I have chosen to educate you on the basics of tea because I believe that a jolly good cup of tea will help anyone to better negotiate the intellectual maze that confronts an audience when listening to a new radio play. Rather than laughing in knee-jerk fashion, I pray that a good cuppa' will help you to sort out what the radio play is about and how to respond accordingly. In this fashion, you may discover what you had previously thought to be a humorous radio play is actually a dark, boring, and absurd Eugene O'Neil drama that should have you slicing away at your wrists rather than guffawing loudly and alarming the neighbours. I suggest trying a hot cuppa' before having a go at your wrists; —you never know, it might make you feel better.